Polly Raynes studied at Brighton Art College from 1980 to 1983 and concentrated on a career in illustration for many years. She wrote and illustrated two instructional books: The Watercolour Workstation, and Drawing and Painting Flowers as well as contributing to other books.
She has worked on major projects for Reids Hotel Centenary year, Glyndebourne Picnic Book, French Wine Atlas, Canary Wharf, Royal Mint building, and other international architectural projects. Polly started exhibiting work at The Mall Galleries and followed with some shows at The Medici Gallery, covering subjects such as Venice, European landscapes, and even wildlife helping to raise funds for Born Free with Joanna Lumley. She has exhibited in France, Zambia, Venice, The Salamanda Gallery and other venues in England.
Polly has taught at a number of local art departments teaching life drawing, observational drawing and colour theory but for the last 16 years she has opened her house as part of Brighton’s Open House Festival showing many artists’ work in her Fiveways House and garden, whilst embarking on a new project of watercolour and acrylic classes.